Days Five and Six
Promoting Global Citizenship
and Social Justice through Social Media
Building capacity for being an innovative
and connected leader
“Love is patient, love is kind…It does not dishonour others
…it rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres”
To understand how Catholic school leaders can leverage the use of social media to empower student engagement in social justice issues and global citizenship
Introducing the challenge
Today’s students are graduating into a rapidly changing digital world that is interconnected as never before. As digital citizens and leaders in the 21st century, they face a myriad of complex problems and issues of global and local concern, whether it be health, environment, economic and culturally related. Preparing them for this shifting global context requires culturally responsive learning environments that fosters global citizenship as connected learners.
The monograph, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Towards Equity and Inclusivity in Ontario Schools, invites educators to reflect on bias, and understand issues related to the distribution of power and privilege. By recognizing the assets that each child brings to the classroom and by having high expectations for student achievement, we can empower each child to be a critical thinker and an agent of change.
As Catholic school leaders it is essential for us to establish a culturally responsive environment that holds high expectations for all students. Global citizenship and social justice extends culturally responsive pedagogy, in that it invites students to respond to their learning through advocacy and action. This reflects Catholic Social Teaching by giving students voice and agency in their learning. Through Catholic Social Teachings, we position students to understand their power as change makers and as Global Citizens in the 21st Century. The benefits of social justice and global education are twofold. Students impact their community in a positive way and they become more engaged in their own learning. The use of social media can serve to enhance student voice as digital leaders and provide them the opportunity to extend their learning and social action with others in their local communities and across the globe.
In this challenge we explore the following questions: How do we choose a learning focus that students will find meaningful? How can social media help students impact change?
PQP Curriculum Connections
● Understand the importance of shared responsibility and partnerships
The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Building Relationships and Developing People
● Developing Organization to Support Desired Practices
ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Excellence in Professional Practice
● Digital Citizenship
Doing the challenge
“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.
By transforming that faith into living acts of love,
we put ourselves in contact with God himself,
with Jesus our Lord.” – Blessed Mother Teresa
Fostering Students as Agents of Change
Day 5 – Learning Engagement #5: Michael Fullan writes,“Our main goal in education is to provide immediate opportunities for students to help humanity… students have a role as change agents.” Select and watch a few videos from the learning exchange on engaging in Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices.
Keeping in mind your student’s involvement in a social justice issue, how might you use social media to promote their work? What are some cautions Catholic school leaders need to be aware of when promoting student work through social media? What tips would you provide to other school leaders to use social media tools safely in their school? Use #PQP20 and your class reflection sheets to share your ideas.
Day 6 – Learning Engagement #6: View the video Take a Constructivist Approach and read the article First Nation Girls Suit Up. Reflect on the guiding questions below and reference the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework to post your thoughts on your class reflection sheets (Feel free to post on your personal blog and post your blog link in your class reflection sheet.)
- As a Catholic school leader, how might you create the conditions for student engagement in social justice issues within your school community?
- Identify one example where technology/social media can further cross-curricular inquiry that promotes Catholic Social Teachings and student voice in a meaningful way?
Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates
“As a Catholic school leader, we must remember to provide our students with opportunities to develop and achieve all of the Catholic School Graduate Expectations. By creating conditions for student engagement in social issues within their school, each student may develop into a responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life. Engaging in conversation with staff members and making the effort to collaboratively discuss the importance of learning social justice issues using cross curricular methods. As educators, we should be taking the time to listen to the voices of our students, so that we may become aware of which social justice issues have an impact on their lives. Getting to know your students will enhance your ability to shape your lessons and provide learning opportunities that will MATTER to them. This will increase self-motivation for learning and can teach students to become responsible citizens. Teachers can use technology and social media tools to research community newspapers and other news about how other people are contributing to social issues and can share their understanding in different ways. I would encourage students and teachers to navigate with other learning tools such as Padlet, or helping students create a blog to promote their social issue. Teachers can then look at other areas of the curriculum where several subjects and skills can be taught as students become further engaged. The video, Take A Constructivist Approach, outlines the importance of giving students opportunities at school to make a change! Effective Leadership in schools will help bring about this change in so many positive ways!” – S. Fidalgo, 2017
Beyond the challenge…
- Twitter hashtags for promoting global citizenship: #TeachSDGs, #globalclassroom, #globaled
- Human Digital Library – Connecting Educators to School Communities and Experts across the Globe
- Why Global Should be the Education Movement of 2017 – Bonnie Lathra
- Global Classrooms at SMES – Bonnie Lathram & Dave Potter
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Social Justice Math – Irena Albnowski et al